First published October 2, 2008
This insightful book by Daniel Pink should be required reading for those of us in education and business. There are a number of reasons why but most importantly because he is a big thinker. By that I mean he is one of those gifted with the ability to synthesize trends from different information streams to achieve new insights about our lives and culture.
For those in K-12 education who believe in the development of 21st century skills for our students, Pink provides the rationale. Essentially, he maintains that our culture which has been dominated by left-brain thinkers – accountants, lawyers, computer programmers, and MBAs – will now be guided and illuminated by right-brain folks who are empathetic and creative such as artists, designers, caregivers and storytellers.
"Today, the defining skills of the previous era – the "left brain" capabilities that powered the information Age – are necessary but no longer sufficient. And the capabilities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness, and meaning – increasingly will determine who flourishes and who flounders. For individuals, families, and organizations, professional success and personal fulfillment now require a whole new mind. "